Prior to 8 p.m. Tuesday, an unknown person left an 8-month-old black and white beagle mix puppy at the front door of North Central Missouri Veterinary Service in Chillicothe. According to report from the Chillicothe Police Department, the dog was malnourished, infested with parasites and had a collar embedded into its neck. The dog was treated by Veterinarian Christina Venner and turned over to the Forrest O. Triplett Animal Shelter.
“Christina had got him on pain medicine and scrubbed his neck because it was all crusted and if it had been really hot maggots can get in there,” said Lesley Patek, guardian of the Forrest O. Triplett Animal Shelter. “It really is very easy to fix him. He’s on lots of antibiotics. We have ointments for his neck. We have a medicine called Panacure that takes care of roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. We didn’t do anything yesterday (Wednesday). Today he gets vaccinated and he’s eating good. He’s on lots of little meals. He basically suffered from starvation.”
Patek said animal neglect and abuse is not uncommon in this area. Recently, Patek was involved in the rescuing and rehabilitation of a group of rabbits and a chocolate labrador.
“We took 14 rabbits and a chocolate lab,” Patek said. “There were some dead ones, it was 90 degrees. There was no food, no water. A competent pet owner wouldn’t let that happen.”
Patek said much of the animal neglect and abuse that occurs in this area stems from the lack of time, money or knowledge needed to care for the pets.
“You don’t need a pet if you can’t take care of it,” Patek said. “That’s the problem right now.”
Patek said pet owners need to be educated about what is correct protocol regarding dog collars in order to check whether the collar is too tight or too loose.
“As they put collars on a cat or a puppy, they ought to be able to get two fingers underneath that collar,” Patek explained. “Check weekly. See if that animal’s neck has grown.”
CPD officers are asking anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the neglect and abuse of the aforementioned beagle puppy to the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121.